Want to excel in meetings? Book for 4 July course

Then learn how to effectively take minutes!

Minute taking is more than just writing down what is said during a meeting. Surely you can’t catch everything that was said!

Minute taking includes:

  • Creating an effective agenda
  • Using an action points list
  • Knowing the requirements of a successful meeting

Come along to a FREE course called The Art of Minute Taking to learn these skills, as well as three proven techniques to make minute taking easier!

Tuesday 4 July 9am-4.30pm

Find out more, including how to enrol, here.

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Thought about learning NZ Sign Language?

UC Subject Librarian Brian McElwaine recently participated in the New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) lunchtime course at UC. He shares his thoughts with Intercom:

For the past five weeks, I’ve been learning a bit of New Zealand Sign Language through the Disability Resource Service.  It’s slightly eerie, studying in an almost silent room for an hour a week, and since the class was taught by a Deaf teacher, we really had to concentrate to take everything in. It’s been heaps of fun, and fun to learn alongside students. But the unusual learning environment did bring across to me how challenging the world can be to a Deaf person in unexpected ways.

I recommend taking the course when it’s run again in Term 3. As a participant, you could learn something outside the normal subject-specific stuff and maybe make some new friends. As a member of staff, it could give you a new way to communicate with students. Most importantly, as a human being, it might well help you to remember to be compassionate – the people around you are often battling invisible challenges you know nothing about, so be kind to each other out there!


UC’s New Zealand Sign Language course is on again from 20 July until 24 August, from 12 noon to 12:50pm each Thursday.

Participants will learn:

  • Finger-spelling alphabet
  • Basic phrases
  • Some university specific vocabulary
  • Develop some understanding of Deaf Culture

Find out more, including how to register for the course, here>

Oxford for UC graduate & natural disasters legal expert

Auckland solicitor and recent UC graduate Alison Chamberlain has been awarded the 2017 FMB Reynolds Scholarship in Law. This will see her carrying our postgraduate study towards a Bachelor of Civil Law at the prestigious University of Oxford.

At UC Alison completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in Geology with a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours.

In the wake of the Canterbury earthquakes, Alison has an interest in natural disaster legal issues.

“Studying both Law and Geology in Christchurch during the years of the Canterbury earthquakes allowed me to view these major natural hazards and associated impacts from both a ‘scientific’ and ‘legal’ perspective,” she says.

Alison went on to author a chapter on the impact of the earthquake on certain types of land ownership in Legal Response to Natural Disasters (2015), which is the first New Zealand publication on how the legal profession dealt with a natural disaster.

She says she believes that the interplays between commerce, sustainable resource development and society are increasingly complex and challenging across all scales, from local communities to national and international relationships.

“It is evident that New Zealand looks forward to a progressive need for ever smarter resource management policy and related law, together with ‘fit for purpose’ institutions and practitioners. My ambition is to be personally better equipped to assist in meeting that need.”

Alison is currently a solicitor in the banking and finance group at Russell McVeagh.

The FMB Reynolds Scholarship in Law to Oxford was established to recognise the support that Emeritus Professor Francis Reynolds provided to New Zealand law students at the University of Oxford for over 40 years. Professor Reynolds taught commercial law and authored key legal texts.

The funds for this scholarship have been made available through generous donations from Emeritus Professor Reynolds, Professor Peter Watts and alumni of various law schools. The funds are managed by The University of Auckland Foundation Inc. and the scholarship is administered by Universities New Zealand.